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There is an argument between texts if the word "Petzua Daka" (Devarim 23:2) should be with an Alef or a Heih. Can someone fulfill his obligation to read Zachor (and normal Torah reading) with a Torah which was written not like his custom?


As always, CYLOR.


Similar to Parshas Zachor Sfardi versus Ashkenazi but not exactly.

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    @HodofHod, were's your ninja? – Shmuel Brin Mar 2 '12 at 3:03
  • Almost positive Rav Ovadiah Yosef has a teshuva about exactly this topic! – Double AA Mar 2 '12 at 3:21
  • @DoubleAA see Yabia Omer 6:11:6, and Yechave Daat 6:19. – Hacham Gabriel Mar 2 '12 at 3:44
  • @HachamGabriel Also Yechave Daat 6:56 Yabia Omer 8 YD 25 Problem is, where ever he mentions petzua daka he doesn't mention zachor and vice versa. – Double AA Mar 2 '12 at 4:00
  • related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9205/603 – Menachem Mar 2 '12 at 18:07
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Yalkut Yosef 685:12

ומתוך ספר תורה בכתב אשכנזי, יצאו ידי חובה

וכן ההיפך, שהכל יוצאים ידי חובה בספר תורה שנכתב בכתב ספרדי, אף שהיו''ד של הצד''י נכתב כיו''ד הפוכה.

a) A Sefaradi who heard from a Ahkenazi written Sefer Torah is Yose.

b) An Ashkenazi is also Yose from a Torah written in Sefaradi style.

One can infer from the fact the he does not mention the "petzua daka" issue, that it would not be a problem (although he doesn't seem to say so explicitly).

  • How do sefardim wright Petzua Daka? (BTW, Do you know what is the normal Ashkenazi way)? – Shmuel Brin Mar 2 '12 at 3:16
  • @ShmuelBrill I think Ashkenazi write it with a Heh. But I'm only 99% sure. – Hacham Gabriel Mar 2 '12 at 3:18
  • @HachamGabriel I know that Lubavitch writes it with an Alef (and the Previous Luavitcher Rebbe saw the Sefer Torah of the Maharam MiRottenberg and it had an Alef). From the fact that he had to publicize this, it could make sense to say that normal Ashkenazi practice is to wright it with a Hei – Shmuel Brin Mar 2 '12 at 3:20

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